Ngige Withdraws From Presidential Race, Says He Wants To Focus On His Job; Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, has blazoned his pullout from the 2023 presidential race.
The minister said he took the momentous decision” in the interest of the nation and to enable him to concentrate on his job.
Ngige was one of the presidential campaigners of the ruling All Revolutionaries Congress (APC) in the incoming 2023 general election.
His pullout comes lower than two days after President Muhammadu Buhari directed all members of his appointees seekin gelective offices in the 2023 choices to abdicate on or before May 16.
Following the directive, some ministers had proffered their abdication, while the president Buhari, before on Friday, met with the outgoing cabinet members.
The labour and employment minister was one of the press members present at the valedictory session.
Publicizing his abdication in a statement he personally signed, the minister said “ Moment, 13th May 2022, I had an followership with the chairman, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow up to the bone I before had with him on 11th May 2022.
Having also consulted extensively with my family, ingredients, supporters and well- provision, it’s my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of the president in the 2023 general election..
As a result of this, I’ll NOT be sharing in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.”
Ngige said he chose to pull out of the race to help the president and the civil government to ride the delicate last stage” of the administration.
The minister also cited family reasons as part of the provocation to no longer pursue his ambition.
Anambra born political added that he has communicated his decision to the president and Boss Mustapha,the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).
Ngige said although he has entered the expression of interest/ nomination forms from his supporters, they’re yet to be filled and submitted